School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 5-8-Check begins this useful resource with "Ten Hot Safety Tips" that reinforce the need for adult supervision and emphasize the dangers of carelessness in candle making. Next, she lists and describes basic equipment. Some supplies may need to be purchased (an electric burner, fragrance oils, stearine, waxes, wicks); others are more readily available (cans, glass jars, scissors). The directions are easy to follow and clearly illustrated. The projects range from simple beeswax candles to molded candles, hand-dipped candles, and gel candles. A "Special Effects" section describes the possibilities of adding a variety of items to basic candles. Exciting creations can be achieved through layering, stacking, decorating, spiraling, and by using molds of all shapes and sizes. Several candleholders (glass, eggshell, etc.) are also presented. "Tricks of the Trade" tips offer advice about cleaning wax spills, storing, smoothing, trimming wicks, and more. Along with Judy Ann Sadler's Making Candles (Kids Can, 1998), this title will be a popular addition to library collections.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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